Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the study of the intellectual foundations of virtually every area of human thought and action. Over the centuries, philosophers have examined the nature and justification of moral values and scientific explanations, the relation of thought and action, the grounds for deciding among the alternative accounts of reality, and the nature of reasoning and argument. Such study will develop your abilities to read critically, write logically, analyze divergent viewpoints, and give good reasons for your opinions.

Why Minor In Philosophy?

The study of philosophy leads in many directions, qualifying undergraduates for further study in graduate school and giving them a leg up in certain areas of the job market. Most philosophy departments offer student's training in a unique combination of skills, including direct observation, critical thinking, logical analysis, moral reasoning, and cross-cultural understanding. In many professional fields, such skills are in high demand. In addition, many philosophy minors go on to study law, business, education, and medicine in graduate school. The skills you acquire while studying philosophy are in high demand in all areas of life. Source: The American Philosophical Association

Why Study Philosophy?  

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WIU Philosophers


Some of the courses often offered include:

  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Logic
  • Ethics
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Ethical Theory
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Social/Political Philosophy

For more information about courses, view the catalog listing, starting on page 282.